The San Francisco 49ers have gone through plenty of changes this offseason to try and turn around the team's fortune after a miserable 2015 season. But they will need to find ways to work around the loss of top pass rusher Aaron Lynch, who was suspended by the NFL on Friday for the first four games of the 2016 NFL season.
Lynch was a dynamic force last season for the 49ers, as he totaled 62 quarterback and 6.5 sacks last season, serving as a disruptive force on the 49ers' defense. The 23-year-old linebacker has developed nicely since San Francisco drafted him in the fifth round in 2014.
Following Lynch's violation of the substance-abuse policy, he will miss San Francisco's four games of the season, which includes a critical stretch against the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks on the road in Week 2 and 3, followed by a return home to face the Dallas Cowboys.